The Quarter-inch System is supposed to be based upon the rule that a difference of a quarter of an inch increase or decrease should be made between size and size and fitting and fitting, both for instep and joint girths. The advantage claimed for this method is that an easy unit is used, and awkward fractions are avoided. Its inaccuracy is not so noticeable when only a very short range of sizes are used, but where a larger run is required the system cannot be adhered to. This difference for joints is too great, consequently the measurements of a small size produced by this method would be too small, and to obviate this, "breaks" are made in the scale, and the girths of two sizes are made the same at various places. Again, a complete scale of fittings could not be used based upon this rule that would give the measurements required for a proper last.

The scale given below is the one most used Men's.

Men's joints.

l fitt.

2 fitt.

3 fitt.

4 fitt.

5 fitt.

Size 11

9 1/4

9 1/2

9 3/4

10

10 1/4

„ 10

9

9 1/4

9 1/2

9 3/4

10

,, 9

8 3/4

9

9 1/4

9 1/2

9 3/4

,, 8

8 1/2

8 3/4

9

9 1/4

9 1/2

,, 7

8 1/4

8 1/2

8 3/4

9

9 1/4

„ 6

8

8 1/4

8 1/2

8 3/4

9

,, 5

7 3/4

8

8 1/4

8 1/2

8 3/4

Youths'.

Youths' joints.

1 fitt.

2 fitt.

3 fitt.

4 fitt.

5 fitt.

Size 4

7 1/2|

7 3/4

8

8 1/4

8 1/4

,, 3

7 1/2

7 1/2

7 3/4

8

8 1/4|

„ 2

7

7 1/4

7 1/2

7 3/4

8

„ 1

6 3/4

7

7 1/2

7 1/2

7 3/4

„ 13

6 3/4

7

7 1/4

7 1/2

7 3/4

„ 12

6 1/2

6 3/4

7

7 1/4

7 1/2

,, 11

6 1/4

6 1/2

6 3/4.

7

7 1/4

Boys'.

Boys' joints.

l fitt.

2 fitt.

3 fitt.

4 fitt.

5 fitt.

Size 10

6 1/4|

6 1/2

6 3/4

7

7 1/4

„ 9

6

6 1/4

6 1/4

6 3/4

7

„ 8

5 3/4

6

6 1/4

6 1/2

6 3/4

„ 7

51 /2

5 3/4

6

6 1/4

6 1/2

Women's.

1 Women's joints.

l fitt.

2 fitt.

3 fitt.

4 fitt.

5 fitt.

Size 7

8

81/4

81/2

8|

9

„ 6

7|

8

81/4

8 1/2

8|

,, 5

71/2

7 3/4

8

8 1/4

8 1/2

„ 4

7 1/4.

7 1/2

7 3/4

8

8 1/4

* 3

7

71/4

71/2

73/4

8

„ 2

63/4

7

A

7 1/4

7 1/2

7 3/4

Girls'.

Girls' joints.

lfitt.

2 fitt.

3 fitt.

4 fitt.

5 fitt.

Size 13

6 1/2

6 3/4

7

7 1/4

71/2

„ 12

6 1/4

6 1/2

6 3/4

7

71/4

» 11

6

6 1/4

6 1/2

6 3/4

7

„ 10

6

61/4

6 1/2

6 3/4

7

» 9

5 3/4

6

6 1/4

6 1/2

6 3/4

» 8

5 1/2

5 3/4

6

6 1/4

6 1/2

» 7

5 1/4

5 1/2

5 3/4

6

6 1/4

Children's.

Children's joints.

l fitt.

2 fitt.

3 fitt.

4 fitt.

5 fitt.

Size 6

5 1/4

5 1/2

5 3/4

6

6 1/4

„ 5

5

5 1/4

5 1/2

5 3/4

6

» 4

4 3/4

5

5 1/4

5 1/2

5 3/4

„ 3

4 1/2

4 3/4

5

5 1/4

5 1/2

,, 2

4 1/4

4 1/2

4 3/4

5

6 1/4

„ 1

4

4 1/4

4 1/2

4 3/4

5

The rise, or difference between joint and instep, for the above would be Men's and women's ............... 1/2 inch.

Youths'(2-5) and girls'(11-1)............ 3/8 „

Boys'(11-1) and girls'(7-10) ............ 1/4 „

Boys'(7-10) and children's (1-6) ......... 1/8 „

Scale of Bottom-Widths.

Tread. Seat.

Men's size 7 (3 fitt.).........31/4 ... 212/32

Women's size 4 „ .........23/4 ... 21/16

Youths' size 4 „ .........27/8 ... 21/8

The tread to be increased or decreased from size to size by 1/9 in., and from fitting to fitting by 1/8 in. The seat to be increased or decreased from size to size by 1/12 in., and from fitting to fitting by 3/32 in. men's.

For women's: Tread (size to size)......... 1/10 inch.

„ (fitt. to fitt.)......... 1/8 „

Seat (size to size) ......... 1/16 „

„ (fitt. to fitt.) ......... 1/16 „